MIAMI (WSVN) — When it comes to affordable housing in South Florida, many throw around the word “crisis,” but federal officials want people to know that housing assistance is available.
“It’s a $300 million public-private partnership,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said, “and when complete, 1,450 mixed units are in use.”
Housing Secretary Marcia Fudge was in town visiting Miami-Dade’s Liberty Square federal housing project on Tuesday amid an affordable housing crisis across the country, and Miami has arguably become the epicenter .
“We neglected to keep up with the supply,” Fudge said, “and that’s why we got to where we are today.”
The Biden administration’s visit came as the Sunshine State was named the least affordable in the country. Specifically in South Florida, home prices have skyrocketed. Soaring rents have forced families to leave and the idea of home ownership has become even less of an option for many.
“People who have lived here all their lives are suffering,” said one woman.
“Monthly mortgage payment increased by 25%,” one man said.
“We sent millions, hundreds of millions to this state,” Fudge said.
The secretary called on state and local leaders to act quickly and use federal funds now to build affordable housing.
“People can build housing pretty quickly,” Fudge said.
“There is a program that the state has received to prevent people in difficulty from being seized,” Cava said. “I don’t believe all of those funds have been used.”
This would be of some help now as the county plans for the future.
“Fourteen thousand units under construction, $70 million from various dedicated private and public sector funds,” Cava said. “We need to reinvest in people who are struggling to live here.”
Mayor Daniella Levine Cava will host a housing summit with local leaders on Thursday.
For more information on the Florida Homeowner Assistance Fund, click here or call 833-987-8997.
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